School Purchasing Update


In this episode, we meet with three school procurement leaders - Phillip Ellison, Jamie Spiegel, and Lucia Cieszlak. Each guest shares their perspective on careers, school purchasing hot topics, and the Award of Merit.

In this episode, we have a conversation with three leaders in school procurement - Board Vice President Phillip Ellison from Spring ISD, Jamie Spiegel from Leander ISD, and Lucia Cieszlak from Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. We discuss career progression from newbie to retiree, purchasing hot topics and training opportunities, and the Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations.


1:11 | New Veep Phillip Ellison
2:20 | Retirees Jamie and Lucia
7:10 | Bucket Lists
10:03 | Top of Mind in School Procurement
18:40 | Advice for Newbies
22:54 | Award of Merit
28:07 | Words of Wisdom


"Don't feel like your question is considered stupid, because it's not. We've all asked these questions in the past, so don't hesitate to ask one..." - Jamie Spiegel, RTSBA

"Never stop learning. Even if you are retired, keep learning, stay active, and take care of yourself. " - Lucia Cieszlak, MBA, RTSBA

" might want to think about procurement as a profession, because while we have to know numbers we also need to be a communicator..." - Phillip Ellison, RTSBA, MBA, CPSM


The Application for Award of Merit for Purchasing Operation is not open yet. We expect to open it later this month.

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